In an emergency, you may be stuck at home for three days or more.

You probably have most of the things you need already. You don’t have to have them all in one place, but you might have to find them in a hurry and/or in the dark. Figure out what supplies you need and make a plan to work out what you need to get your family through.

At home

  • Water for three days or more — make sure you have at least nine litres of water for every person
  • Long-lasting food that doesn’t need cooking (unless you have a camping stove or gas BBQ) and food for babies and pets
  • Toilet paper and large plastic buckets for an emergency toilet
  • Dust masks and work gloves

Find out more about storing water

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In a disaster, you may not be able to use your normal toilet if sewerage lines are broken or damaged. The Wellington Region Civil Defence Emergency Management Group has information on how to make and use an emergency toilet.

In a getaway bag

  • Torches and batteries
  • Radio (wind up or with batteries)
  • Hand cleaner
  • Cash
  • Copies of important documents (online or paper)
  • Walking shoes, warm clothes, raincoat and hat
  • First aid kit and prescription medicine
  • Water and snack food (remember babies and pets too)

In your car

Plan ahead for what you will do if you are in your car when an emergency happens. A flood, snow storm or major traffic accident could leave you stranded in your vehicle for some time.

  • Keep essential emergency survival items in your car. If you are driving in extreme winter conditions, add a brush; shovel; tire chains; windshield scrapers; and warm clothing to your emergency kit.
  • Store a pair of walking shoes, a waterproof jacket, essential medicines, snack food, water and a torch in your car.
  • Keep up to date with weather and road information when planning travel.
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Keep up to date with MetService weather forecasts.

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The New Zealand Transport Authority (NZTA) has information on traffic and travel to help you plan your route.

At work

If you work away from home and roads are closed, you may need to walk home or to your agreed meeting place.

  • Make sure you have supplies at work including sturdy walking shoes, a waterproof jacket, a torch, snack food and water.
  • Make friends with people you work with and who live in the same area. In an emergency you could work together to get home.

Get your household ready

It’s up to you to make sure your family, and the people you care about, know what to do and that you all have what you need to get through on your own. Follow these easy steps to get your household ready.